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What are the top UK construction news websites in 2019?

Top UK Construction News websites

If you’re looking for the latest UK construction news, job adverts or interesting places to advertise your services or vacancies, we’ve compiled a list of the top UK construction news websites and magazines. They all have quite a differentiated look and feel, focus and readership.

If I’ve missed any publication, please leave me a comment to let me know!

1. Construction News

Construction News claims to be the “UK’s leading source of construction industry news, market intelligence and forecast and trend data”, with the “biggest exclusives”.

Established in 1871 as a weekly magazine, Construction News started publishing daily news and advertising job vacancies online in 2002. It also organises the CN Awards and CN summit, connecting industry leaders, main contractors and government representatives as a think tank for the future in construction. 

Audience

Construction News’ readers are primarily senior level UK construction professionals (48% in senior management) with a large number of subscribers from the top main contractors in the UK (Vinci, Sir Robert McAlpine, Laing O’Rourke, Bouygues…).

Readership

  • Website visitors: estimated to be at 212,169 unique visitors per month.  
  • Daily and weekend newsletter: 38,000 recipients.
  • Weekly magazine circulation: 17,294. 

Cost

  • Online newsletters: Free.
  • Online news: £190 + VAT per annum to be able to read the news online. 
  • Paper Magazine: £217 + VAT per annum for 12 months. 

2. Construction Enquirer

Claiming to be the “best read news website in construction” and “fastest growing online news  service”, the Construction Enquirer was launched in 2010. 

Standing out with its modern and edgy look, the Construction Enquirer provides a mix of news, a construction job board, a directory of suppliers and organises every year the Construction Enquirer Awards. 

Audience

Almost half of its newsletter’ subscribers work at main UK contractors companies (Kier: 1,000, Balfour Beatty: 1,000, Laing O’Rourke: 900, Willmott Dixon: 550 and BAM: 500).

Readership

  • Website visitors: 380,475 unique visitors per month. 
  • Daily newsletter: 49,000 recipients.

Cost

  • Online news: Free
  • Online newsletters: Free.

3. building.co.uk (formerly The Builder)

One of the oldest UK B2B magazine, established in 1843, starting as “The Builder” and rebranded as “Building” in 1966, its editor claims that Building is “the UK’s best-read, most-established media brand in the construction industry”. 

Featuring a mix of news articles, analyses and opinions, its writers and columnists are typically very senior stakeholders in the construction industry. 

“Builder” is “multi-platform”, offering an online news website, Building Awards, Building Live, webinars and research tools.

Audience

Senior construction industry stakeholders. 

Readership

  • N/A.

Cost

  • Online news: Free.

4. The Construction Index

Established in 2007, The Construction Index is primarily a directory of over 84,000 UK Construction companies. It claims to be the “the UK Construction Industry largest search engine”, with 3.5 million visitors per year. 

The Construction Index also shares construction news, contract leads, special features, a job board. It also offers a used equipment platform and a monthly magazine. 

Audience

Its main audience are sub-contractors – 40% of its readers are Directors of construction companies. 

Readership

  • Website visitors: 449,200 unique users per month.
  • Monthly Magazine: 10,500 (paper), 27,100 (online). 

Cost

  • Online newsletters: Free.
  • Online news: Free.
  • Online magazine: Free.
  • Paper magazine: £50 for 10 issues.

5. Professional Builder

Professional Builder is the “UK number one magazine for tradesmen” distributed through a network of 2,900 builder merchant outlets. It provides a mix of news, product tests and competitions. It also organises annually a “Professional Builder Live!” Exhibition in London, Manchester and Harrogate. 

The same media group (Hamerville Media Group) also publishes 9 other “sister” magazines on a monthly basis (The Professional Electrician and Installer, The Professional Heating & Plumbing Installers, the Professional Housebuilder & Property Developer, the Professional Building Merchants, Kitchens & Bathrooms News, Apprentice Builder, Local Authority Building & Maintenance, Construction Plant News and the Professional Electricians Wholesaler) with all their associated websites. 

Audience

Primarily sole traders with companies employing 1 to 5 members of staff, with a focus on home refurbishments. 

Readership

  • Website visitors: 11,134 users per month.
  • Monthly online newsletter: 21,548 recipients.
  • Monthly Magazine: 119,884 recipients (paper).

Cost

  • Online newsletters: Free.
  • Online news: Free.
  • Paper magazine: Free from building merchants outlets.

6. Construction Manager

Construction Manager is managed by the CIOB (the Chartered Institute of Building) and primarily distributed to its 37,000 members, and focused on the UK built environment. It provides news, information about specialist technical materials and technology (BIM), research reports and organises events. 

Audience

Primarily tier 1 contractors, local authorities and directors of SMEs. 72% of its members require to source building products and systems. 

Readership

Cost

  • Online newsletters: Free.
  • Online news: Free.
  • Paper magazine: £61 for 10 issues.

7. Building Design and Construction magazine

BDC’s website and monthly magazine focuses on procurement and health & safety issues in the building industry. 

Audience

The magazine targets procurement decisions makers and managers( e.g., estimators, site managers, HSE managers),  involved in civil engineering, property and facilities management and M&E, with a strong focus on the public sector and housing & residential. 

Readership

  • Online news: 15,000 weekly unique visitors.
  • Online + print: 100,000 recipients.

Cost

  • Online news: Free.
  • Monthly magazine: Accessible for free online.

8. Construction UK Magazine / Women in Construction UK Magazine 

These are two bi-monthly trade publications, sharing primarily news in the industry.

Audience

Construction UK Magazine focuses on Directors and Managers of Construction Contractors.

Readership

  • Construction UK Magazine (digital): 76,000 readers.
  • Women in Construction UK Magazine (digital): 24,400 readers.

Cost

  • Online news: Free.
  • Monthly magazine: Accessible for free online.

9. Construction Industry news 

CIN is a monthly publication, featuring “in-depth interviews with leading industry figures”.

Audience and Readership

Around 30,000 decision makers working for main contractors (31%), developers (21%) and architects (13%), with a strong presence in the North of the country. 

Cost

  • Online news: Free.
  • Newsletter: Free

10. Scottish Construction Now

The “sister” of the Scottish Housing News, Scottish Construction Now is an online news website launched in 2003. Focused on sharing news, events and tenders in the Scottish Construction sector, it also offers a job board. 

Audience and Readership

50,000 professionals in the Scottish Construction sector. 48% of readers are architects, surveyors and engineers. 

Cost

  • Online news: Free.
  • Daily newsletter: Free

11. UK Construction online 

UK Construction are the news and media partners of the UK Infrastructure Show which takes place once a year a the NEC Birmingham.

Audience and Readership

N/A

Cost

  • Online news (UK Construction Online): Free.
  • Online magazine (UK Construction Excellence): Free.

Are there any UK Construction News website we’ve missed? Let us know!

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